CFA: 2nd CNY Moral Psychology Workshop

Submission deadline: January 15, 2020

Conference date(s):
May 16, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, Le Moyne College
Syracuse, United States


Call for Abstracts

We are seeking 400-600 word abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2nd CNY Moral Psychology Workshop. Possible topics in moral psychology include, but are not limited to: 

    • The Nature of Morally Relevant Mental States: What is desire, pleasure, emotion, or intention? What is anger, conscience, regret, respect, or sympathy? What kinds of objects can these states be directed towards? What sort of rational relations do they bear to other mental states? Does acting ethically or virtuously presuppose the possession of any such states? 
    • Moral Motivation: Are all actions, as Hume thought, actuated by some sort of desire or passion? Or are some actions motivated, as Kant thought, by a recognition that they accord with duty or reason alone? How do emotions or conscience or sympathy operate in the course of motivating a morally commendable action?
    • The Virtues: What is courage, generosity, modesty, or kindness? Similar questions occur for vices: what is wickedness, cruelty, or hypocrisy? What do all virtues have in common, and what makes them good? What is the difference between virtue and vice? How are virtues cultivated? 
    • Irrationality and Moral Failures: What is ‘akrasia’ or weakness of will? What is self-deception? Could it sometimes be morally acceptable or commendable to be weak-willed or self-deceived? Is it possible to do evil or wrong in a clear-eyed way, without ignorance, akrasia, or self-deception? Are there other sorts of interesting moral failures with psychological sources?
    • Subjective Theories of Value: Could desires, pleasure, or emotions be part of the standard for what makes something good, or what constitutes a good life for a person, or what constitutes a reason for action? Is pleasure the sole good, as hedonists suggest?
    • Moral Responsibility: What does it mean to be morally responsible for an action? Does responsibility involve, as Strawson thought, “reactive attitudes,” such as blame and praise? Can one be responsible for having or lacking virtues? Is one responsible for desires, thoughts, or emotions?  

Papers could address their topics either by considering the work of one or several historical figures, or alternatively by focusing on issues and arguments from contemporary authors. 

Submissions are made through the linked form found on the Workshop's website. Submissions will be accepted until January 15, 2020.

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